When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2009

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November 30, 2009  7:50 PM

Is this a scam – how would I know?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-crime

Today I visited the Washington Post website for my daily "Security Fix" from Bernie Krebs. Today it was "Eight tips for Safe Online Shopping" . Then my eye was...

November 25, 2009  9:54 AM

Why can’t victims and witnesses go on the DNA database?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Identity governance, Information governance

I read the Guardian article "Police routinely arresting people to get DNA" after it was drawn to my attention by FIPR and came to the opposite conclusion. The "real" issue is...


November 24, 2009  10:19 AM

Do you trust China to run the Internet any better than the USA?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-crime

Do read the news cover on the recent


November 23, 2009  10:55 AM

The McWilliam rules for Internet Security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet security

One of my mentors, those who truly changed my way of thinking, died last week. John McWilliam  ,...


November 21, 2009  7:01 PM

The fight for Cybersecurity alias Cyberwarfare Budgets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybermilitia, cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, e-crime

David Lacey's blog on The New Art of Warfare gave me pause for thought....


November 17, 2009  11:01 PM

A Database too Far: NICE but NASTY

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
MOSAIC, NICE

I have just received an FIPR alert on the NICE (National Instute for Clinical Excellence) consultation on a proposed database to help prevent injuries to children. Last week I attended a presentation of the...


November 17, 2009  11:51 AM

An implosion of trust and confidence?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Yesterday, at the annual Get Safe On-line conference, it was good to see the commercial sponsors talking of the direct business benefit they were getting from being seen to take the security of their customers seriously....


November 16, 2009  10:36 PM

Four strikes before the E-Death penalty

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

No this is not what happens to the household whose teenagers download material that they cannot buy. It is what happens when the unemployed respond to an on-line advert offering them the opportunity to work from home helping forward overseas payments. 


November 12, 2009  12:00 PM

From Toxic Liability to Strategic Asset: Unlocking the Value of Information

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asset-centric, Data protection, information assurance, Information governance, Information security, SAS, Security-Centric

There has been much debate on "The Value of Information" and on responsibilities for protecting personal data. Last week the Audit Commission released a report on the need to address the problems of quality in public sector information: "


November 11, 2009  12:28 AM

Who is the biggest threat to your privacy? Government, Google or the Gossip next door?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Google, Internet service providers, jobsworth

We have a very muddled and muddied set of debates over privacy, security and data sharing. It can be summarised as  "I want more efficient joined up services from government but I don't want my information used by bureaucratic snoopers". Meanwhile...


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